|Nancy Townzen, RN, CDE @ JCH|
Testing for diabetes is recommended for adults starting at the age of 45 years; however, it should be done at a younger age in adults who are overweight and have one other risk factor. For children 10 years and older diabetes screening is recommended in overweight children who have two other risk factors. If a person’s blood glucose level is initially found to be in the normal range, it should be rechecked every three years. If a person is found to have pre-diabetes his or her blood sugar level should be checked every year and more often if symptoms of diabetes occur.
If you would like more information about the Diabetes Program at Jersey Community Hospital, you can contact Nancy Townzen, Certified Diabetes Educator at 618.498.8402 Ext. 8290.
Nancy Townzen, Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes
is here to serve you in the Diabetes Program at Jersey Community
Hospital. The service she offers focuses on diabetes prevention and
management of diabetes through education, nutrition and physical activity
counseling. She administers Diabetes Risk Tests, provides basic and
advanced education sessions about diabetes and its complications, plus other chronic
diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, and hypertension.
Classes are offered as individual and group sessions and are interactive and
informal. The curriculum used is sensitive to an individual’s particular
needs and meets the American Diabetes Association standards for diabetes
care. The program helps empower participants to take better care of
themselves as well as interact more productively with their healthcare
Nancy was born and raised in Collinsville, Il. She attended Southwestern Illinois College where she received her degree in nursing. She has lived in Kentucky, Utah, and Nevada, only recently returning to Illinois. She has a wide range of nursing experience including general medical, orthopedics, labor and delivery, surgery, cardiac care and diabetes education. This was obtained while working in settings from a small 25 bed hospital to larger 150 and 300 bed facilities and then on to an outpatient health center where she served as the Diabetes Coordinator for the past eight years.
Special interests include her husband, children and grand-children, her Christian faith and church activities. She enjoys gardening, bird watching, hiking, and bike riding. Her most recent bicycle adventure with her husband Jim was in the summer and fall of 2014 which took her from Anacortes, Washington, across country to Bar Harbor, Maine, a trip of 3513 miles and worth every pedal.